Center for Cooperative Media
CCM is housed within Conrad J. Schmitt Hall.
Associate Director, New Media Initiatives
School of Communication and Media
- Office Location: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 320
- Phone: 973-655-5541
The NJ News Commons is the first initiative of the Center for Collaborative Media at Montclair State University and is designed to serve and be a resource to each of the news and information web sites across New Jersey and appropriately find areas of collaboration within these entities.
Both from her office in the Center for Cooperative Media and in travels throughout the state, Debra Galant works with news gatherers to find new audiences, share resources, and embrace better business practices. Galant comes to this mission from her role as co-publisher of Baristanet, one of the first hyperlocal online news sites in the United States, which she founded in 2004. Before starting Baristanet, Galant wrote the New Jersey column for The New York Times, and freelanced for numerous publications, including NJ Monthly and Institutional Investor. Galant is also the author of three novels published by St. Martin's Press.
She and her husband Warren Levinson, a veteran radio correspondent for the Associated Press, have lived in Glen Ridge, NJ for 23 years.
Read more about the NJ News Commons here.